The story behind Asahi:
After injuring themselves in a practice for the umpteenth time, two of Finland’s toughest, foremost martial arts teachers limped off to a bar for a beer. “Why do we keep doing this to ourselves?” one asked the other. “Why not develop a method with all the same health benefits, but with no risk of injury, no religious or mystical ceremony and one that would be easy and inexpensive enough for anyone to practice?” So they did, with the help of two other tough martial arts experts - an internist & geriatric specialist, and a university physical education & mindfulness teacher. Their lives changed as they became champions of slow, soft mindful exercise. The year was 2004 and the result was the streamlined mind-body practice Asahi, designed for people of the modern world. In 2015 two of the developers set up the Asahi Nordic Association to promote high quality Asahi education in Finland. In 2020 they went on to found The Nordic Health Institute to ensure that this same high level of Asahi instruction be made available abroad through live workshops and online courses. The developers may never have imagined that in 2021 there would be more than a thousand Asahi teachers in Finland and a rapidly growing number all around the world - in Estonia, Greece, Germany, Sweden and in the US. Since Asahi can be done standing, sitting or in a prone position, it has proven to be safe for people with heart disease, joint replacements, weight issues, special needs, and for pregnant women. It is also a great restorative practice for athletes. The Asahi method improves balance, coordination, muscle tone, concentration and lowers stress and blood pressure - a good antidote for the ill-effects of the long lockdown and a way to boost immunity against possible new viruses.
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